To write and illustrate a children’s book is a goal that I’ve had for a long time. When I was a kid I’d get a bunch of A4 paper, fold it half and staple it into a booklet that I would fill with stories and drawings. I always knew this was something that I wanted to do, I just didn’t know how to go about doing it.
Late last year, I attended the Hobart Writers Festival, where I attended a talk on the subject of environmental picture books. As an animal lover, this subject piqued my interest and I spent the entire talk on the edge of my seat, absolutely mesmerised by what they were saying.
This, this is what I needed to do.
It was then that the ideas for my upcoming children’s book started to grow. I already had an interest in the Tasmanian Red Handfish, having been introduced to it earlier in the year by my mum, who absolutely adores them, and my research didn’t show much in the way of children’s literature on the subject, and so I thought – why not?
Going from the ‘I’m going to write and illustrate a book phase’ to the ‘oh lord now I have to write and illustrate a book’ phase is strange. The former is full of untamed excitement; you want to tell anyone who will listen about your ‘brilliant’ idea. The latter is much more humbling and involves several hours of staring at blank paper, wondering why on earth you ever thought your idea was brilliant and thinking perhaps you should just stop this nonsense right now.
It’s very easy to get stuck in the latter phase, or at least that’s how it’s been for me these last couple of months, and the temptation to just give up has been strong. I haven’t though, not yet, and that’s part of why I’m sharing this with you. I need to do this, I think the world needs to see this, and so I need your help to get me over the line.
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be sharing a lot of handfish content, some insights into the creative process, a few fun interviews and even some sneak peaks into the book itself! I’d be so thankful for your support, a like, comment or share goes a really long way.
I hope you’re all staying safe in this crazy world at the moment and I hope my fun little project can help spread some joy.
Chat (very) soon x